29 December 2014

What have I been up to?

Hello everyone

Before 2014 flies out of our lives for ever, I thought I'd create my last post for this year.  It has been such a long time since I blogged, that I am wondering if I can still remember how to do so...hahaha

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and trust that the New Year will be a worry-free and healthy one for us all.

I note that there are still quite a few people visiting my blog, thank you so much, I am thrilled that you found the time to pop around to read my posts and view my creations.  For now I will not be closing it, as there may come a time when I start crafting more regularly and this is the platform where I will be showcasing what I have made.

I have been incredibly busy documenting our family photographs the Project Life way and my only regret is that it was not around when I was younger, but now that I have started... there is just no other way for me.  I bought a Pixma MG2440 printer and print my photographs at home.  I created a template in PowerPoint and resize them to fit perfectly and then just cut to fit in the plastic pockets.

Here are a few layouts which I would like to share.  Carina, hoe vorder jy met joune my skat?  As ons weer Skype wil ek jou layouts ook sien  ;)

I thought it would be fun to add our 2 fur babies to the page and
using clipart just added a Christmas hat for Achilles and Reindeer ears for Nikita.

My Mom celebrated her 78th birthday on 21 December this year and
had a tea at the Home where she stays for her friends

Kendall made gorgeous Christmas cookies for gifts and they were a huge hit!
Needless to say, my waistline has stretched quite a BIT!

I am still very active on Instagram and Pinterest and occasionally pop around to see what is happening on FB.  I just love browsing and Pinning things that interest me.  I have a Board on Pinterest named Albums.Diary Planners.Journals and have pinned such a lot during the year that I am only finding time now that I am on leave to really visit each site to see what they have to offer.  I am hoping to do a lot of this in the new year.

Thanks for popping by once again.


02 September 2014

Girly Notepad

Hello again

I haven't made a little Notepad in quite a while.  Thought I would share this little Girly Notepad
which I have made especially for Katherine.

She is an adorable child, just turned 5 on 1 September and is a real girly-girl.
Her mother says she loves glitter and writing, hence me deciding to make her a personalised
Notepad. I've added some glitter pens and a girl definitely needs some glitter nailpolish and lipstick too,
what do you think?

Excuse the photo-overload.

I have used one of the gorgeous Tilda's for the cover and I found a chipboard "K" to personalise it.
Added some pink rhinestones, which I hope will be blingy enough for her.

Here is a view from the side.  You can see she even has her own little pencil on top.

And finally...
A pic with the glitter pens, which I also secured with a pink ribbon.
Everything is going into a pink bag too!!!

Thanks so much for popping by to see what I have created.
I appreciate the visits and comments.

Warm wishes

24 August 2014

Some cards to share...

Hi there all

Wondering what to do with the mountain of scraps you have stashed away ?
Make some mini cards, like I did today.
Really... there is nothing to this.  the only embellishment I placed on these cards
is a single pearl

I hope my cards will inspire you to make a few of your own.

Thanks for popping by. Do leave a comment before you leave so that I know you've been visiting.

Warm wishes

23 August 2014

More of This and That

Hope you're all enjoying your Saturday.  I was up at 5.30am and managed to get 2 loads
of washing done and cleaned my house before settling down to scrap for the rest of today.

It is freezing cold, even though the sun is out, so it's nice being inside just CHILLAXING :)

My dear Mother is always looking for a card or 2 and she usually calls me when it is urgent,
like... the night before she needs it...lol... As I had a few toppers from the Joanna Sheen range
of toppers, I decided to make her a few cards.  She is thrilled to hear it, but has yet to see them.
As you can see, nothing fancy.  Net spoeg en plak, as they say in Afrikaans.

As I had some of that lovely purple cardstock over, I decided to make a cover for this little

Here is the finished item.  I'll be making a few of these to give away as gifts.
Nice to keep in one's handbag when you need to jot down a note or two.

Just thought I would share how I am storing my supply of Washi Tape.  Yes, this is ALL I have.
I'm a late bloomer and have just bought myself a few of them.

I also cut up 3 sheets of 12x12 paper, which was full of beautiful images and wording.
I'll be using some of these to decorate my little Notepads and also for my Project Life layouts.

Keeping me company is my gorgeous boy Achilles.... mwah!

Thanks for popping by. Hope you're having fun whatever you're doing!


21 August 2014

A Little bit of This... and That !

Hello friends

Driving to work in a hailstorm was certainly no joke this morning.  It's one thing standing on your patio watching these falling miniature golf balls pouring down from the Heavens onto your lawn, but it sure is another thing... and a scary one at that... driving in a hailstorm.  It was my first and I found it pretty scary.  Thought they were going to dent my car and at one time I even contemplated pulling over to the side of the road, the visibility was so bad.  But, a few minutes later it was all over as if nothing had happened.  Funny thing that, about hailstorms, don't you think ?  In any event, I made it to work ok.

As it was so cold, my friend and I went for lunch and a lovely Mocachino -my first!

Made these cupcake toppers for a Women's event my DD is attending on Saturday morning.
70 in total.

We were wondering how to adhere those little sucker sticks onto the circled paper and
my dear friend came up with the idea to use Washi Tape. Now why didn't I think of that ?

Merrypak had a fabulous range of Washi Tapes, so these came home with me.
I don't really use Washi Tape... this is the first time and I found it quite nifty to have.

Thanks for popping by to see what I have to share with you today.

Still cold in Cape Town... Winter is kicking her heels in, she does not want to leave without a fight!

Keep warm, hugs

11 August 2014

Project Life: Our Sunday Drive To The Beach

Hello friends

What a lovely weekend we had.  August is actually our worst Winter month, but the sun shone beautifully on Saturday and Sunday.
As a result, we set off early yesterday morning for a drive to the beach and I took
a few photo's for my Project Life album which I will share with you now.

These are not the best pics.  I just can't seem to get nice one's of my project, but at least
it gives you an idea of what Project Life is all about. In real life, these pages are absolutely 
bright and beautiful!
The themed cards are called SUMMER, from the Project Pages collection, 

Capturing memories is so easy with the Pocket Pages™ Journaling cards.
Each package contains 72 cards (12 - 4" x 6" cards and 60 - 3"x 4" cards). 
There is a huge variety of horizontal and vertical layouts and each card has a journaling grid
or dots printed on the back!  I just love them!

This is what the double-paged layout looks like in the album.

* * *

Here are a few of the pics I took at the beach, which are in the layouts above.
I hope this will be clearer for you to view and hope you enjoy seeing my part of the world.

 This is Bloubergstrand and in the background is Table Mountain.

Can you believe that there were children swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean?

This is the beach road along the coastline.
Property here is expensive, as you can imagine with that view.

A visit is not a visit if you don't visit Milky Lane (sadly, what's left of it). 
When I was younger it used to be the sought after ice cream parlour to visit on a Sunday. 
SO disappointed to see that this is all that is left of the original place.

hmmmmm..... nothing nicer than a lovely sugared ice cream cone dipped in caramel sauce, 
with a flake to boot!!!  The hips are already well padded, so an extra inch won't make a different...LOL

I think their little ice cream holders are so pretty, don't you ?

Thanks for popping by.  Do leave a comment before you go, as I so enjoy reading them.

Take care

07 August 2014

Girly Cards to share

Hello friends

I was asked to make 2 cards using my new Saturated Canary images. 
This is what I came up with. I hope the recipient will like what I have done with them.

My friend referred to Violet Vintage as the Bookworm Girl, so I thought I would add a few
books from the Magnolia stamp range.

I am hoping that you can see the gloss I have put over the glasses she is wearing.

And of course she wanted my favourite too... Birthday Party Girl.

I added some dimension glaze on the balloon to make it *pop*, including the hearts on her outfit and tag.

All packaged and ready to go to their new owner.

I really think I need to go on a few of Alyce Keegan's colouring courses. 
Will have to save my pennies first though!

Thanks for popping by to see what I have created today.  I appreciate your visit.

06 August 2014

Project Life

Hello friends

What have I been busy with lately ?
I undertook the mammonth task of documenting all our family photographs the Project Life way.
You can how Project Life was created on Becky Higgins' blog here.  I have never been a traditional scrap booker, but this type of scrapbooking appeals to me.

All you need to complete an album are the following:
A 12x12  Album

and then you are set to go

Here are some of the core kits I have purchased. They come in beautiful sturdy boxes.
There are limited stock available in South Africa, but I managed to get some from the Scrapbook Studio in Jeffrey's Bay.  If you pop over there now, Cariena has discounts on the stock that she has.

Takealot also have some kits at discounted prices. You can find them here.
The Wholesaler also have kits, but you can not purchase from them directly, unless you own a store.
You could ask your local scrapbook shop to order from them for you.

If you are used to purchasing online, then you can always look for a retailer overseas to purchase
your kits from.

I have opened one of the kits for you to look at what is inside. See how nice and compact it is.

Via the Project Life FB group I belong to, I found out about a store called 
Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI), which are based in the USA.
They ship internationally and South Africa is on their list... woohooo!!! 
They have a huge variety of MINI card kits, so I ordered some of them for my project.
Their service is fantastic and I'll be shopping there again soon. 
 I found their cards are a bit thinner than the BH's range of cards, but they are just as beautiful!
See my stash below.

I then needed some storage space to hold these cards, but needed something that I could
place on my desk so that I can see them, instead of them being hidden away in a box.
I found these neat little card organisers from Typo and they are just perfect for storing my lovely stash!

I then went further and bought myself a little Canon Selphy printer, so that I can print photographs
from my computer or cell phone, instead of having to take a memory card to the photoshop.
Now ain't this cute or what ??

Here are a few photographs that I printed on my Canon Selphy. You can print in a variety of sizes.

I now let me share a layout I did recently with you.   See how simple it is.

Thanks for popping by to see what I had to share with you all. 
I hope it has inspired you to get those old photographs out of the drawer, so that you can document your memories not only for yourself, but for future generations too.  I am sure the grandchildren will enjoy
reading your journal cards written in your own handwriting too.